Last month during the Black Hat Conference, security researcher Jerome Radcliffe demonstrated various hacks against insulin monitors and insulin pumps used by Type 1 diabetics.
The biggest vulnerability occurred within insulin pumps that relied on radio frequency, or RF, for wireless remote control used for facilitating necessary communication between the device and the blood meter in order to dispense the required daily dose of insulin to the user. That unsecured wireless communication could be intercepted and subject users to potentially lethal hacks conducted with simple exploit tools, Radcliffe said.
Thus far, no actual attacks against these car components or embedded devices have occurred in the wild, Fulkerson said, but added that it would likely be a matter of time before they pose an actual threat.
“We’re not seeing these sorts of attacks yet. But It’s really important to get out ahead of this and make sure these sorts of things don’t happen,” he said. “You can really make a fairly clear logical leap to see that these things could well happen if we don’t take steps to prevent them.”